The Dire Wolf Project all started with the American Alsatian™ which was first developed by Lois Denny in 1987.
The first litter between a purebred Alaskan Malamute (Buddy) and a purebred German Shepherd Dog (Swanny) was whelped on February 4, 1988 in Oxnard, California.
The name of the dogs that Lois has bred has been changed several times as her dogs progressed from a mixed breed of dog, the Shepalute’ in 1987 and then the North American Shepalute of 1988.
As the look of the dog advanced and the outcrossings drove the dogs into a more masiff girthier looking dog, the name changed again in 2000 to the Alsatian Shepalute. When the dogs started selling over seas, the name changed once again to the American Alsatian.